You are correct that competitors aren't allowed to use the scramble, but in reality, I've never heard of a time when that has been an actual problem. The rule just there so you don't write the scramble backward and call it a solution. They "check" solutions that work but are suspicious by asking the competitor to explain their solution, and in that case, there is the problem of subjectivity, as seen by Vladislav Ushakov's 19 single that probably shouldn't have been counted, but that's another question. Using parts of the scramble is a real rule but it doesn't affect people's solves.Hi! I don't know much about FMC, but I was just thinking about the way that you do it in competitions. They give you a simple scramble, but you are not allowed to use any parts of that scramble, right? (please correct me if I am wrong, like I said, I don't know much about FMC).
It seems like it could be fairer if they either gave you a long scramble or a cube pre-scrambled because then the competitor would have more freedom of moves, and people wouldn't have to read the solutions and decide if it is fair enough. There could be organizers at different competitions who are stricter than others, which can make setting records complicated and debatable. What do you guys know about this? Is there something that I am missing?